Adnoc, Reliance pact on chemicals project in Ruwais

By Eudore R. Chand

ABU DHABI/MUMBAI 11 December 2019: The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), signed a Framework Agreement with Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), to explore the development of ethylene dichloride (EDC) facility in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi.

The signing of the agreement was witnessed by Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Adnoc Group CEO, and Mukesh D. Ambani, RIL Chairman and Managing Director. The agreement was signed by Abdulaziz Alhajri, Executive Director of Adnoc’s Downstream Directorate, and Nikhil R. Meswani, RIL Executive Director.

Under the terms of the agreement, Adnoc and RIL will evaluate the potential creation of a facility that manufactures EDC adjacent to Adnoc’s integrated refining and petrochemical site in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi and strengthen the companies’ existing relationship supporting future collaboration in petrochemicals, said Wam.

Adnoc would supply ethylene to the potential joint venture and provide access to world-class infrastructure at Ruwais, while RIL will deliver operational expertise and entry to the large and growing Indian vinyls market, in which it is a key participant.

EDC is a basic building-block for the manufacture of PVC, a polymer product in increasingly higher demand globally. PVC plays a critical role in the housing and agriculture sectors, and demand for PVC, particularly in the Indian vinyls market, is expected to grow significantly.

Adnoc’s expansion and new investment in downstream will accelerate the delivery of its 2030 strategy, powered by a $45 billion investment, and create a more flexible, resilient and diverse energy business, optimising its performance and stretching the dollar from every barrel of oil it produces. Ruwais’ appeal as a unique feedstock engine, capable of producing the full range of essential building blocks along the petrochemical value chain will see the Ruwais Derivatives and Conversion Parks become a global destination of choice for investors and manufacturers wishing to establish a strategic presence in the UAE. Such investments have the potential to generate numerous specialised local career opportunities, while significantly boosting Adnoc’s in-country value creation.